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Solon Economist

Red Vespa Christmas present for library foundation

Red Vespa Pizzeria owners Angie and Aziz Longou (pictured above) offered a free Margherita Pizza to customers over the lunch hour Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) with a suggested donation of $5 to the Solon Public Library Foundation. The fundraiser gave away 115 pizzas and raised $738 for the foundation. (photo by Doug Lindner)

City budget work off to good start

12% increase in assessed value boosts city’s 2016-17 budget numbers

SOLON– Happy days are here again.
After several years of slogging through tough budget times, the finances for the City of Solon are looking positive for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
The overall city tax rate may even drop a little bit.
A 12 percent increase in assessed value is expected to soothe the sting from a multifamily residential rollback, and early indications show projected revenues are outpacing expenses, according to City Administrator Cami Rasmussen.

Casey Grover resigns from Solon City Council

Mayor wants to appoint Lynn Morris

SOLON– Solon is once again short a council member.
At a regular meeting Jan. 6, Mayor Steve Stange read an immediately-effective letter of resignation from council member Casey Grover.
Grover, elected to a four-year term in November 2013, indicated he would no longer be able to serve after moving to a home in Ely. Grover was not present for the meeting.
“It has been a great honor to be elected in our growing town,” Grover said in the letter. “I thank you for entrusting me to do a good job. I hope that I have lived up to your expectations.”

Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Sunday, Jan. 24

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 thru 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and boys and girls champion awards. Contestants will need to bring their own basketballs.

KCs to hold basketball free throw contest Sunday, Jan. 24

SOLON– The Knights of Columbus (KC) Council 12129 in Solon will hold a basketball free throw contest, for competitors ages nine to 14, on Sunday, Jan. 24. The competition will be held at the Solon Middle School in conjunction with the Solon Optimists Basketball Contests. Signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m. with competition taking place from 1-2 p.m. Each of the winners earns the opportunity to compete in the district competition with an eye toward moving on to state and international levels.

Solon Archery Team to host tournament Jan. 23 at high school

SOLON– The Solon Archery Team will host a tournament at Solon High School on Saturday, Jan. 23. The team hopes to get more kids involved in the sport and this would be a way for them to see the team firsthand. The tournament runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The team will host 500 kids from 10 Eastern Iowa schools. Participants will range in age from elementary to high school.
A raffle for a Mathews Z-2 Bow in Lost Camo will be held during the tournament to raise funds to support the team.

Solon parent pedals for autism supplies

Brad Raasch and sons trek 230 miles to assist Lakeview Elementary

SOLON– The Raasch brothers– Preston, 5, and Zander, 4– call it the Big Adventure.
Their father, Brad Raasch, calls it “the right thing to do.”
For six days in August, Raasch and his sons cycled over 230 miles– the distance equivalent to traveling from Solon to Chicago– to raise funds to purchase supplies for children on the autism spectrum at Lakeview Elementary.
Raasch set up a funding page on the Crowdsource site YouCaring, listing a target goal of $500.
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure if we’d make that $500,” Raasch said.

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 Soup Annual Soup Supper Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 23, at St Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features home made soups of all varieties. Previous year’s have included such traditional soups as chicken noodle and chili, and some not so traditional soups such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder. The supper is all-you-can-eat, including fresh baked bread made by the Scouts the morning of the supper and a wide assortment of desserts. Cost is $7 for ages 10 and up, $5 for ages 5 to 9 and free for those less than 5 years of age.

Spartan wrestlers edge Hawks, dominate Sabers

SOLON– The varsity Solon wrestlers swept a meet with West Delaware and Central DeWitt Jan. 7, moving to 9-3 on the dual season.
The Spartans edged out West Delaware, 37-34, and then dominated Central DeWitt, 45-18.
“The West Delaware meet was very close,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “Each team won seven matches, but we had more bonus points. Of our seven wins, five of them were by fall and one was a major decision. That was the difference in the meet.”
The match started at 126 pounds, and Ben Carr put the Spartans on the board with a 39-second pin over West Delaware’s Jordan Rausch.

Solon closes out against Benton, 45-42

JV squad provides spark against Bobcats

SOLON– A lot of strength and perseverance was displayed by the Lady Spartans as they defeated the Benton Bobcats at home, 45-42.
In a week that saw two games postponed due to the tragic drowning of Solon senior Tanner Wymer, the Lady Spartans were called upon to perform Tuesday, Jan. 5, against the Benton Bobcats.

Solon mourns loss

Body of Solon senior recovered from Coralville Lake

SOLON– A senior at Solon High School has died as a result of an accidental drowning in the Coralville Reservoir.
The body of Tanner Wymer, 17, of rural Iowa City, was recovered at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4, about 20 hours after the canoe he was riding in capsized while on open water.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Wymer and Michael Felton, 51, Solon, were in a canoe on the Coralville Reservoir near Twin View Heights Sunday, Jan. 3, when the canoe capsized.

Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Jan. 24

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 thru 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and boys and girls champion awards. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.